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Disabled children are more likely to be born into disadvantage, new research suggests

20 November 2013

Children with a disability are more likely to be born into disadvantaged families than their non-disabled peers, according to new findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom, study finds

11 September 2013

Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to new research from the Institute of Education.

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Irregular bedtimes curb young children’s brain power, new research suggests

9 July 2013

Going to bed at different times every night curbs children’s brain power and may affect health in adult life, suggests new research using Millennium Cohort Study data. Researchers at University College London (UCL) looked at whether bedtimes in early childhood were related to brain power in more than 11,000 seven-year-olds. They compared the children’s bedtimes […]

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Children’s cognitive abilities relatively unaffected by having working mothers, latest analysis shows

11 June 2013

Children’s literacy, maths ability and behaviour are not on average harmed if their mothers go out to work during the first years of their lives, a leading researcher said today. Data from earlier UK studies had indicated a small disadvantage in literacy among children born before the mid-1990s whose mothers had worked in their early […]

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Light drinking in pregnancy does not harm babies, new evidence suggests

17 April 2013

Light drinking during pregnancy does not affect a child’s behavioural or mental development, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study

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CLS presents at Parenting UK annual conference

14 November 2012

Dr Liz Jones, Research Officer for the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), will be speaking at the Parenting UK Annual Conference about the effects of prolonged poverty on child outcomes on November 15.

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From cradle to career: National Institute Economic Review celebrates cohort studies

2 November 2012

The latest issue of the National Institute Economic Review takes an in-depth look at evidence from the British birth cohort studies, with a special focus on how economic circumstances are transmitted from one generation to the next.

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Mothers help to unlock the mystery of why some children behave worse than others

15 October 2012

Why do some children behave badly while others seem almost angelic? Is it nature, or nurture, or a bit of both? The Millennium Cohort Study, which is tracking the development of children born in the UK between 2000 and 2002, is helping to piece together the answer to this remarkably complex problem.

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Children of unemployed parents struggle at school and in finding work themselves, study finds

9 October 2012

Growing up in a household with unemployed parents can negatively affect young children’s attainment at school and can increase teenagers’ likelihood of not being in education, employment or training (NEET), new research suggests.

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What we may be able to learn from young children’s career dreams

14 September 2012

Does it matter whether a seven-year-old wants to be a doctor, a road-sweeper or a fire-eater in a travelling circus?

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Persistent poverty damages young children’s cognitive development, study finds

13 June 2012

The corrosive effect of persistent poverty on children’s cognitive development is revealed in a new study published by the Institute of Education, University of London.

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Childhood cognitive ability connected to long-term sick leave in adulthood

3 April 2012

There is a clear relationship between cognitive ability in childhood and the odds of taking long-term sick leave as an adult, a new study suggests.

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